Zaheer Khan almost produced a breakthrough in the first over, but was not supported by his catcher at second slip.
Zaheer Khan almost produced a breakthrough in the first over of the match but was not supported by his catcher at second slip. Off the second ball of Australia's innings, Zaheer found the outside edge of Matthew Wade's bat, which flew to the left of Sachin Tendulkar at first slip. But before he could react, Rohit Sharma flew in front of Tendulkar and attempted the catch.
Except that he dropped it. Going in front of Tendulkar, Rohit shelled the catch with a one-handed attempt. The ball hit his hand and popped out, allowing Wade a life and two runs. It was hardly the start India needed, and Wade went on to score 45 while putting on 70 for the opening wicket with David Warner.
Rohit was again in the thick of things during the 33rd over, when fielding at short midwicket. Michael Hussey, on 13, pulled a short ball from Suresh Raina to short midwicket where Rohit put his palms above his head, but let the ball skim his fingers and fall behind him. It wasn't a tough catch but one that needed sharp reflexes. For the second time in the innings, Rohit showed that he didn't have them today.